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Biography

Carlos provides clients with a 360° perspective on legal and related business issues. This perspective stems from Carlos’ experience serving as a general counsel for a global I.T. company as well as a co-owner of a franchised business. He is a “go-to” transactional lawyer with substantial experience relating to corporate, commercial, and franchising matters. His experience includes counseling start-up, mid-market, and large companies on a full gamut of general corporate, private offerings, joint ventures and domestic and international franchising issues, including franchise disclosure laws and documents, franchise offers, transfers, renewals, terminations.

Experience

Franchise & Distribution

Created franchise programs and oversaw the annual franchise registration process for numerous franchise concepts in various industries, including quick and full-service restaurants, hotel and hospitality, real estate, senior assisted living, financial services, date and match-making, and computer services.

Counseled and advised various manufacturers, distributors, and dealers on dealer, franchise relationship, and business opportunity laws.

Served as franchise counsel for a private equity firm in its multimillion-dollar purchase of a transportation and logistics franchise system.

Served as franchise counsel for a private equity firm in its multimillion-dollar sell of an oil service franchise system.

Served as franchise counsel for a multibillion-dollar company in its sale of a restaurant concept to a San Francisco-based private equity firm.

Served as franchise counsel for a well-known quick service restaurant in establishing a franchise program in Mexico.

Served as franchise counsel for a multibillion-dollar hotel company in restructuring its franchise program in the United States and establishing a franchise program in Mexico.

Served as franchise counsel for a multi-billion hotel/hospitality company in establishing franchise and distribution networks in Australia, Barbados, Singapore, Russia, and Thailand.

Served as franchise counsel for a well-known beverage company in restructuring its distribution network in the United States and establishing franchise programs in Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and UAE.

Represented numerous multi-unit franchisees in franchise acquisitions, transfers and private offerings, and in evaluating their statutory rights under applicable franchise laws.

Corporate & Commercial

Represented management team of a consumer product and services company in a billion-dollar change in control transaction.

Served as General Counsel and oversaw and implemented the legal strategy for corporate governance matters, supply chain and customer agreements and arrangements, and day-to-day operational matters for a company and its subsidiaries.

 

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Education

Law School

University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D.

Undergraduate School

Southern University, B.S., summa cum laude

Bar Membership

Carlos is licensed to practice in the following state:

Texas

Recognition

Local & National Recognition

“LCLD Fellow,” Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (2020)

D Magazine, Best Lawyers in Dallas, Franchise Law

Texas General Counsel Forum Magna Stella Awards, “Best Small Legal Department” finalist

Association of Corporate Counsel and D CEO Magazine Corporate Counsel Awards, “Outstanding In-house Counsel” nominee

Professional Affiliations

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

American Bar Association

State Bar of Texas

Penn Law Club

Friend of Wharton DFW

Civic Activities

Civic & Charitable Organizations

Jaguar Foundation of Atlanta Board of Advisors

Served as Big Brothers/Big Sisters Dallas County Board Member

Served as Southern Dallas Development Corporation Board Member

In the News

Carlos has been featured in the following article:

Titans of Franchising, Franchise Journal, February 2020